Company: Project PIT, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 5 - Son of Warehouse
Scandal aside, "Hollywood Hen Pit", a mixture of expressionism and childish exhibitionism, aims to provoke. More than that, assault.
Already the buzz of the beer tent, Friday night's opening performance featured a fleeting act of fellatio. Ian Mozdzen and Doug Melnyk maintain that the act was simulated. They certainly would.
Scandal aside, Hollywood Hen Pit
, a mixture of expressionism and childish exhibitionism, aims to provoke. More than that, assault.
Framed as a Hollywood production, a troubled actor (Mozdzen) styles himself as a southern silver screen starlet. He screams out his fears and desires, desperately clamoring for attention and love. The performance evokes a visceral reaction of disgust and pity.
The warnings in the program are laughable - subject matter, language, nudity. You need to know that by attending this show you become complicit in a violent act. The actors hurl abuse at themselves, each other, and the audience. It's theatre rape.
And then there's the mayonnaise enemas. In full view of the audience, with cheeks spread. The first enema was provocative, graphically manifesting the theme of abuse threaded through the show. The second enema seemed fair, just in case you missed it the first time. The third enema was where I drew the line. That's just gratuitous.
Unsurprisingly, there were a number of walk-outs. The audience that remained seemed to be fans of the pair's work, and generally prepared for what they were witnessing. I'm not saying don't go see this show (don't go see this show) but be forewarned.
Excuse me while I bathe my eyeballs in acid.